ERIC Number: ED303423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-10
Reference Count: 0
Interrelationships among Age, Sex, and Depth of Sport Experience on a Complex Motor Task by 4- to 9-Year Old Children.
Kuhlman, Jolynn S.; Beitel, Patricia A.
Age, gender, and/or previous experience seem to be related to the performance/learning of new perceptual motor tasks. This study sought to determine the relative interrelationships of age, gender, and the depth of sport experience on initial practice of a complex perceptual motor soccer task for 46 children 4- to 9-years-old who were enrolled in a community center day camp. Depth of sport experience was identified by the amount of time the child had played organized competitive sports. Each performance was evaluated by performance time, movement accuracy, and goal attainment. The test involved moving one's self through a stationary environment while controlling and interacting with a moving soccer ball. It was concluded that age and experience are most important to the quality of performance, and there were no constructs related to consistency for this age group. It is suggested that experience negates gender effects in children for the initial performance of complex perceptual motor tasks. Eleven figures are included. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (Knoxville, TN, June 10, 1988). For related document, see SP 030 835.